Suite for Violin and Piano in F Major, Op.14
Christian Sinding (1856-1941), along with Edvard Grieg came to symbolize Norwegian classical music between 1885 and 1940. Born is the small town of Kongsberg near Oslo, Sinding, after studying music in Oslo, attended the Leipzig Conservatory where he studied violin with Henry Schradieck and composition with Salomon Jadassohn and Carl Reinecke. Whereas Grieg's style of writing has been described as Schumann's technique combined with Norwegian folk melody, Sinding's is often and incorrectly characterized as combination of Wagner's technique with Norwegian folk melody. Although the influence of Norwegian folk melody can be fond in his music, Sinding did not use it, as did Grieg, so extensively. Rather, it was German romanticism, and in particular the music of Liszt and Wagner, which greatly influenced Sinding. But unlike Liszt and Wagner, Sinding relied on wit and developed a more cosmopolitan style. Writing in virtually all genres, his chamber music must be considered an important part of his output.
The Suite in F Major, Op.14 was composed in 1891. The opening Marcato serves as a kind of prelude. The first theme is impetuous while the second is more lyrical and song-like. The Andante which follows, though a lied, is grave, almost funereal at times. The third movement, Allegretto, is a cross between an intermezzo and a scherzo, while the finale, Energico, ma non troppo allegro, begins as a rondo, with a swinging march-like rhythm. The brilliant second theme is particularly striking as it is played over the piano's ostinato.
His a recital piece that is sure to make a strong impression. Long out of print, we are pleased to make it available once again.